Thursday, November 09, 2006

shuffling along

Yesterday was not a good day. Very early Wednesday morning I came down with some sort of mystery illness. One that totally knocked me off my feet and didn't allow for any kind of movement, much less walking. It left me dizzy and shaky and about 10 shades paler than usual. I hate it when that happens.

This morning, however, after almost 10 hours of sleep, I felt a whole lot better and was able to get outside for a bit.

I'm a big "be prepared", "just in case", "what if" kind of person, so when I go out walking, even close to home, I have to drag a bunch of stuff with me. What do I take? Well, let's see: my keys, my cell phone, my passport, some gum, some Kleenex, a cough drop or two, a small umbrella to ward off any nasty dogs and/or their nasty owners, and...my iPod nano, of course.

I love my iPod. I've had it for almost 6 months now and I honestly don't know how I ever lived without it. There's only one teensy little thing I DON'T like about it, but I'll get to that later.

Right now we're going to play a game. It's one of those "I can't think of much to write today, so let's let other people do the thinking" kind of games. Lots of other bloggers have played it, and now it's my turn.

I have a playlist of songs that I walk to. I'm going to shuffle those songs and give you the first lines of the first 10 songs that come up. If you can guess the song and the artist, leave a comment and I'll tell you if you're right. Googling is strictly verboten.

So here goes nothing:


1. Would your love in all its finery tear at the darkness all around me...
Dixie correctly guessed "Train Wreck" by Sarah McLachlan

2. I like to get out with my partner in crime...
"Jane's Getting Serious" by Jon Astley

3. Well, I'm trying to lose you, leaving my heartache at your side...
"Lose You" by Engine 54

4. I met a devil woman, she took my heart away...
Dixie again - "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" by Bachman-Turner Overdrive

5. I'll stay with you until the end, I'll say you'll let me be your friend...
"Don't Tell Me" by Blancmange

6. I put on a fake smile and start the evening show...
Dixie is on a roll! "Dear Madam Barnum" by XTC

7. The walls are built up stone by stone, the fields divided one by one...
Go Betsy! "Driver 8" by REM

8. Never been near a university, never took a paper or a learning degree...
Kurt gets it right! "Mayor of Simpleton" by XTC

9. I hope it doesn't show, it'll go 'way...
"Angst in My Pants" by Sparks

10. Big brown eyes and a gust of wind, and a cherry burns a corner of the page that says the end is comin' soon...
"Big Brown Eyes" by Old 97's


So guess away, and while you're busy taxing your brains, I'll also ask for your advice on another matter. I'd like to know what kind of earphones/ear buds you guys and gals use with your mp3 players. I use the ones that originally came with my iPod and they are just killing my delicate shell-like ears. I have really senstive ears anyway, and these things are starting to HURT. Any suggestions?

Thanks for playing!

28 Comments:

At November 09, 2006 4:26 PM, Blogger The Big Finn said...

I think you should go "old skool" and get the "cans" that fit over the ears. Athletic jersey, baggy pants hanging halfway down the butt, and big gold chains are optional.
I actually have Sennheiser earbuds, but they hurt my ears more than the original buds that came with the iPod. However, they do have better sound quality.

 
At November 09, 2006 6:50 PM, Blogger Philip said...

why do you bring your passport?

 
At November 09, 2006 7:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I don't know any of those songs...

And I just use the earbuds that came with my Ipod, even though they hurt.

 
At November 09, 2006 9:03 PM, Blogger Kurt said...

Gah, I hate trying to identify music with only the words hehe. The only one I recognize is number 8, XTC - Mayor of Simpleton...great song! It's so hard for me without hearing the music.

 
At November 09, 2006 9:17 PM, Blogger christina said...

TBF - Wow, I'd be the talk of the neighbourhood if I went around looking like that. OK, so Sennheiser earbuds are out - thanks for the input.

Philip - A passport is the only form of ID that foreigners in Germany have and you're supposed to (although not everyone does it) have it on you at all times in case you get checked by the police.

Christina - Some of them are pretty old or obscure or just songs that no one else would listen to. It's kind of comforting to know that everyone's ears hurt. I feel much better now!

Kurt - Right you are! One point for you. I can never guess songs without the music either.

 
At November 09, 2006 10:06 PM, Blogger Claire said...

Ugh! Christina! I am not good at this. Now if it were lines from a movie . . .

I don't have an ipod. I feel so out of the loop. . .

 
At November 09, 2006 10:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I am new to your blog but I wanted to chime in and say that I don't know any of those songs, sorry! I do however agree that earbuds hurt! My hubby went out and bought me some behind-the-ear Sony headphones and I love them. They are so comfy BUT I have my eyes set on the Bang & Olufsen A8 headphones. They are a bit spendy but apparently the sound quality is amazing. I probably won't get them, but it's ok to dream!

 
At November 10, 2006 12:15 AM, Blogger Dixie said...

1. Trainwreck - Sarah McLachlan
4. You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet - BTO
6. Dear Madam Barnum - XTC

I loooves me some XTC.

I hate my earbuds and I bought a pair of replacements at Müller a couple weeks ago. They tuck directly into your ears and have a bit of padding around that part. I've been pretty pleased with them.

 
At November 10, 2006 8:14 AM, Blogger christina said...

claire - I wouldn't be able to guess movie lines either. And as for the iPod - I had to wait 43 years to get one. Your time will come.

ebony and ivory - Thanks for visiting and thanks for the great information. Good to know what other people are doing about this.

Dixie - You are goooood! XTC is great. I was at an iPod message board the other day reading about those in-ear earphones and they sounded pretty good. Might have to check them out.

 
At November 10, 2006 9:50 AM, Blogger Cynthia Rae said...

Well I am no good at the guessing game, so I wont even try. Just wanted to say that I am sorry you were feeling under the weather, but glad you are back on your feet again.

I have a mp3 player, but it is just a little guy. Now that I have it, like you, I dont know how I lived without it. One of these days I would like to buy an Ipod.

Cyn

 
At November 10, 2006 11:00 AM, Anonymous Lisa said...

Okay, technical advice needed please. I'm one of the humble few who doesn't own an ipod either. I've had a 1 gig mp3 player that can hold 4-5 novels on it that does me just fine, yet I still hear people singing the praises of the ipod. Hubby just bought the nano to see what all the fuss was about and he loves it. I don't get it.

Serious questions: Is it really worth it to get one? What's so much better about it? Is it just a status thing? Or is it truly a better machine than a regular mp3 player?

Inquiring minds want to know! :)

 
At November 10, 2006 12:34 PM, Blogger christina said...

Cyn - Thanks! Much better now. MP3 players are really fun, aren't they? It's so nice to have everything in one place.

Lisa - Oooh, technical advice? Wrong blog, dearie. :-) I don't really have a clue about these things. Mr M bought me the iPod, I probably never would have bought one for myself and had no clue that I even needed one. I never had a Walkman or a Discman or any type of player before this. We have a couple of other "no-name" MP3 players and they seem just the same to me except that one of them had a memory card that you could remove. I was just reading yesterday that the technology has been around a lot longer than the iPod and that Apple just did a really, really good marketing job. I guesss it is a status thing. I'm not a name brand girl at all, but let's face it, the iPod nano IS really cute and compact and trendy, as well as being user-friendly. But I'd say that the players are probably all the same deep down inside, although there can be some compatability issues with downloading and trying to play different formats on different brands.

And now you should probably ask someone who knows what she's talking about. ;-)

 
At November 10, 2006 2:04 PM, Blogger Ginnie said...

HA! I'm with those who didn't recognize a single one of these songs, at least not by the words. If you sang the tune for me, that might be another story (though I doubt it).

I'm just like you, Christina, in that I'm really not "with it" when it comes to techie stuff. Nor do I usually care. BUT, Donica recently was given a tiny iPod at one of her conferences (is there one smaller than a Nano?) that can hold 100 songs. She asked if I wanted it because she already has a "real" iPod that she uses ALL THE TIME (usually in the car, hooked up to the car's speakers). I initially said NO, because I couldn't see me using it. But after I started using the treadmill this week, I changed my mind. I put those songs on shuffle and the time just flies!! Now I love it :)

 
At November 10, 2006 3:05 PM, Blogger christina said...

Ginnie - HA! If I sang them to you you still wouldn't get it because I can't sing worth beans! :-)

The iPod nano comes with different storage capacities and there's also an iPod shuffle that's pretty small, I believe. Maybe you have that one? I really like the surprise effect of the shuffle and the music keeps your pace going steady.

 
At November 10, 2006 3:29 PM, Blogger Betsy said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better!

Number 7 is Driver 8 by REM. (Driver eight take a break, (Driver 8!) so you can reach your destinationnnnnnnnn. :-)

 
At November 10, 2006 11:06 PM, Anonymous amy said...

I can't recognize any of the other tunes from the lyrics, but I do share your love (is it love?) for XTC, REM, and BTO! Actually, "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" was the first song I heard this morning whilst attempting to burn some calories. (Nordic-trakking, that is... I guess that could have been any number of things - HA!)

 
At November 10, 2006 11:15 PM, Blogger christina said...

Betsy - Thanks! And right you are - REM - "but we're still a ways away" La la la! I love that song.

amy - Definitely love with REM and XTC but not more than a little flirt with BTO - I just like that one song a lot. Way to go on the Nordic-trakking!

 
At November 11, 2006 1:27 AM, Blogger Cathy said...

oh, Christina; I came down with the stomach flu on Wednesday and was knocked flat for the entire day yesterday; it was not pretty. If there have been any dangerous weapons in the house, I think I would have done myself in to get rid of the misery...here's to no more illnesses for us both!

 
At November 11, 2006 6:56 PM, Blogger Kurt said...

Don't feel bad ginnie (and others)...I have most of Sarah MacLachlan's and REM's stuff here, and still couldn't recognize the songs without the music :)


I myself have a Nomad Muvo instead of an Ipod. It can plug directly into my computer and I just copy the songs I want directly onto it, like any other windows file. And it will hold any format of files, even data files, which has been handy for transferring huge files at work. I don't get the Ipod love either, as far as I know you're stuck with their proprietary music format, and they try to force you to using the iTunes store to buy the music. I've already got the cds I want here, and would prefer to rip the tracks from them I want at a higher quality than iTunes generally has.

But I'm weird like that hehe.

 
At November 12, 2006 1:14 AM, Blogger Expat Traveler said...

I used to hate those types that came with "walkman's" so I bought myself a pair of "Sony" Headphones. And actually ever since, I've only bought Sony...

I've found them relatively cheap, remember a spending a bit more money could possibly get you better phones...

Also if there are still Aiwa brand headphones, those are pretty good.

Last but not least, go onto somewhere like CNET and see if they can help you...

Since I use my MP3 lots, and always have since like 20 years now, I'd go with what makes you happiest... It's an excuse to make sure you get outside!

Email me if you'd like more input..

 
At November 12, 2006 3:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well... I am the iPod queen! Mine is a big bertha with 20GB and over 3000 songs at the moment. As soon as I bought it I bought better earphones (Sony), which are like little round buds with soft rubber cushions. I think I have unusually small ear holes because earphones never feel good in my ears.
As soon as I saw BTO on your list I smiled- your such a good Canuck!

 
At November 12, 2006 9:49 PM, Blogger christina said...

Cathy - Oh dear! You too. I guess it's inevitable with little kids around. Hope you're feeling better now.

Kurt - Hey, sounds like you're the expert here. I've been able to upload CD's both bought and (ahem) burned to iTunes and then to my iPod with no problems, but I've heard that some download sites use a format that's not compatible with iTunes.

Expat - Thanks! It's nice to hear from someone with a lot of experience. Sounds like Sony is pretty popular, I'll have to check those out.

traveller one - Yeah, all earphones seem to drive me nuts anyway but I'll definitely keep looking. And yes, I'm a true blue Canadian! Sometimes when no one's looking I even listen to Trooper and Rush. ;-)

 
At November 12, 2006 11:29 PM, Blogger Mike B said...

Wow, what a playlist. Sorry I wasn't here earlier to play along.

I use Sony MDR-EX71's ... they are pretty comfortable in the ears, and have pretty good sound. Cost roughly EUR 40 retail. They are not custom-fit, but they give you three sizes of rubber ear-piece to get an approximate fit.

 
At November 13, 2006 10:01 PM, Blogger christina said...

mikeb - If I'd known you were going to drop by I wouldn't have revealed the answers so soon. So you think you would have gotten some of them?

 
At November 14, 2006 12:17 AM, Anonymous kiwi-kath@diaryland.com said...

I used to have an AIWA walkman type cassette player and the earphones that came with that were nice.

We got an Ipod Nano as a freebie when we got dd's computer and I haven't really used it at all yet. I think I would enjoy putting audio books or articles off the web onto it (or better yet from the library, but they don't have them on dvd, so that won't work).

Oh, mainly I just wanted to say--you forgot chapstick. lol

Am I the only person who always fails the work verification the first time?

 
At November 14, 2006 12:24 AM, Anonymous kiwi-kath said...

umm, sorry, I mean WORD verification. Maybe that explains it...

 
At November 14, 2006 2:15 PM, Blogger christina said...

Kiwi - Chapstick! Of course! Don't worry, it often takes me several attempts to get the word verification . You can also download podcasts from iTune onto the iPod.

 
At November 14, 2006 10:04 PM, Blogger Mike B said...

I would have gotten a few, but it is starting to tax my overloaded brain ... so many years, so much music, and perhaps a few senior moments to boot.

 

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